Everest Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek

Everest Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek: 14 Days

Key Information

  • Duration:14 Days
  • Primary Activity:Trekking
  • Group Size:1-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Meals:All meals included during the trek
  • Accomodation:Teahouse
  • Max-Altitude:4, 480 m.
  • Transportation:Private vehicle / By Air
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:Sherpa

Everest Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek: 14 Days

The Gokyo Valley and it’s turquoise lakes is one of the most picturesque places in the Everest region. The valley is nestled in the west of the Khumbu region and is home to the highest freshwater lake systems in the world. This Everest Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek is one of the most extraordinary Everest trips available with spectacular views of the giant Everest itself.

The Everest region itself is certainly one of the most dramatic mountain areas on the planet. The Gokyo trail is physically laid out amidst incredible high mountains, where the route winds through Khumbu – Sherpa country. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through gorgeous mountain villages where the locals will greet you with a hot steaming milk tea and a warm smile. Through these small yak-grazing settlements, we reach the Gokyo lakes. The Gokyo Ri Peak (5480m) ascent is one of the highlights of this trail where you will see 360 degree views of the Everest Mountain range, including real close-up views of Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,470m), Cho Oyu (8153m) and Lhotse (8511m), to name but a few.

Craving a little bit more adventure on the Gokyo trail? Combine it with the Renjo-La Pass! See our Gokyo Valley with Renjo La Pass package.

Want even more adventure? Combine the Gokyo Lakes with Everest Base Camp in our Ultimate Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes & Cho-La Pass package!


Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)

Day 1

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 2

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,800m.) | Trek to Phakding (2,652m.) 3-4 hours.
Early morning transfer to a domestic 40-minute scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), the destination where our trek will start. After reaching Lukla, you will have time for tea and to relax before we start. We begin our trek through the Sherpa village and cross several tributary streams with beautiful views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2650m). When you arrive, you can take an optional short hike to a nearby monastery or just explore the area. Overnight stay at Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Day 04: Trek: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) 5-6 hours.
From Phakding, you will trek through beautiful forests along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the river on high suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. For here, you will ascend pretty steeply to Namche. If the weather is clear, you will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Kongde-Ri and Mt. Tawache peak from this point. Option to visit some of the village monasteries while trekking to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of the Khumbu Region (3440m). We stay overnight at Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. This is the first of two scheduled “acclimatization” days”. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, a bakery, and local markets. Namche is an ideal place to spend a day for rest to acclimatize with the higher altitudes before heading off towards Khumjung. To prepare you for the tough climbing in the days ahead, you can spend the day taking a day walk hike to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or you can take a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding views of the Everest Mountain range. Stay overnight in lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Phorse Village (3800 m) | 5-6 hour trek

The trail to Phorse Village is rather steep but boasts great views over to Phorse and to the spectacular river gorge below, including an inaccessible natural rock bridge. Starting on a level trail, we trek up through the stone steps and reach Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we can see Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as a sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest, a host for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Finally, we arrive to the walled fields of Phorse. Phorse is just under the snow-dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here, it’s a short trek to Phorse village where we’ll stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Day 07: Phorse Village – Machhermo (4,400 m.) | 5-6 hours trek

The trail climbs to Lambara at (4220m) and Luza at (4360m) and is steep in most places. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at (4410m). It was believed that here in Machhermo in 1974 that Yeti killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa woman. This is the most credible yeti incident ever reported to date. Stay overnight at lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft) | 4-5 hours

Today is the day you ascend to Gokyo! You will climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first and second of the holy lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La – our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the colorful settlement of Gokyo. As we trudge by the side of the lake, the scenery is just so wonderful with the summits of Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Stay overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day | Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) | 3 – 4 hours

Today is full day rest or an acclimatization day to give the lungs a chance to adapt and recover. If the weather is good, you can hike to Gokyo Ri. This is optional but highly recommended as they host some of the best viewpoints of the mountains in the Everest Region. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, said to be the biggest glacier in Nepal. Spend the rest of the day exploring Gokyo and resting. Stay overnight at Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Day 10: Gokyo – Dole (4,200m.) 5-6 hours

The way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and first Gokyo Lakes, we come to a small gushing stream over an iron bridge. Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Phangka and across a level terrace. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega and slowly walk down to the sprawling village of Machhermo and through the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhafarma before reaching Dole. We stay overnight at Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 10

Day 11: Dole – Namche Bazaar (3,440m.) 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we descend through the beautiful Gokyo Valley. We will ascend for about 1 hour to Mong-La, where we can see spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and other mountains before walking an easy trail to Namche Bazaar. We stay overnight at a lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m) via Phakding | 5-6 hours

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle against the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast following Dud Koshi, the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are traveling the same route down, we will see completely different views – a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. Stay overnight in Lukla. (B, L, D)

Day 12

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. Your day is free, however, in the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu (B, D)

Day 13

Day 14: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel

Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)

Day 14
Note: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner. 

Cost of Everest Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek – 14 days

Price Per Person: $1,260

(Contact us for Group Discounts!)

Note: Please feel free to ask us for a tailor-made itinerary that suits your interest, time, and budget.

Service Included

  • All airport transfer by private a/c car/van/bus
  • All ground transportation till to End
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Farewell Dinner.
  • Tea-house accommodation
  • Licensed English-speaking guide, Experience knows about First Aid
  • Necessary Porters
  • Meals during the trek basic
  • Sagarmatha Conversation Area Project Permits.
  • Sleeping bags and other necessary equipment
  • Staff insurance, medication, and equipment
  • All Govt. and Local Taxes
  • First Aid Kit

Service Excluded

  • Transportation by Flights (Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu) /International airfares/ airport taxes
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Mountain rescue charges or insurance
  • Drinks hot and cold.
  • Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic)
  • Lunches and dinners when not trekking
  • Additional food or drink on the trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
  • Special region permit and liaison officer fees (where applicable)
  • Tips(Tipping are expected)

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